"A large church in Alabama is one step closer to creating its own police force, a move that seems to be without precedent in the U.S. The state's Senate has approved legislation that would give church police officers the same powers other law enforcement officers have in Alabama." NPR
Veteran religion reporter Kenneth A. Briggs is author of "The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America.”
"But looking deeper into this situation … is Noble’s church part of the problem? Is its ultra-contemporary worship emphasis – in which pastors are hailed as rock star gurus – displacing real religious substance? And are those who attend these heavily-secularized services en masse merely feeding a 'feeling' as opposed to feeding their souls?"
North Heights Lutheran has been in a "downward death spiral" for more than a decade due to a bloated staff, overbuilding, exaggerated membership numbers and expenses far outweighing income